Strengthening Dhaka-Doha ties: A new chapter in bilateral cooperation

Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir, Qatar

The state visit of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, to Bangladesh marks a significant milestone in the bilateral relations between the two nations. Amidst a backdrop of historical ties and shared aspirations, this visit holds promise for the enhancement of cooperation across various sectors, paving the way for a new vista of Dhaka-Doha bilateral relations.

Historical context

The ties between Bangladesh and Qatar trace back to the early days of diplomatic recognition, with the State of Qatar formally acknowledging Bangladesh as a sovereign state in 1974. This gesture of diplomatic camaraderie was followed by the establishment of mutual embassies in Dhaka and Doha, setting the stage for deeper engagement between the two nations.

Over the years, bilateral relations have flourished on the foundation of mutual respect, shared values, and cultural affinities. The presence of over 400,000 Bangladeshi workers in Qatar underscores the robust people-to-people connections that underpin this relationship. Bangladeshi workers in Qatar are renowned for their sincerity and hard work, contributing significantly to Qatar’s economy and fostering goodwill between the two nations.

A landmark visit

The arrival of Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani on a two-day state visit represents a watershed moment in Bangladesh-Qatar relations. Scheduled to sign 11 cooperation documents, including agreements and Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs), this visit underscores the commitment of both nations to deepen their collaboration across various domains.

While this is not the first visit by a Qatari Emir to Bangladesh, it holds particular significance as the first high-level state visit from a Middle Eastern leader since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assumed office in 2024. This visit comes after a hiatus of 19 years, symbolizing a renewed impetus towards strengthening bilateral ties.

Expanding horizons

The scope of cooperation between Bangladesh and Qatar extends beyond traditional sectors to encompass areas such as manpower, energy, trade, and investment. Both countries view each other as important development partners, aligning their visions – Bangladesh’s Vision 2041 and Qatar’s Vision 2030 – to foster sustainable growth and prosperity.

Amidst the backdrop of regional tensions in the Middle East, Bangladesh and Qatar stand poised to address global issues of mutual concern. Beyond bilateral cooperation, discussions are expected to include pressing matters such as the Palestine-Israel conflict and the escalating tensions between Israel and Iran, underscoring the shared commitment of both nations to promote peace and stability in the region.

Looking ahead

As Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani’s visit unfolds, there is a palpable sense of anticipation and optimism for the future of Dhaka-Doha relations. Both countries aspire to elevate their partnership to new heights, driven by a shared commitment to mutual benefit and prosperity.

In the years to come, Bangladesh and Qatar are poised to embark on a journey of expanded cooperation, forging stronger bonds of friendship and collaboration. As they navigate the complexities of the geopolitical landscape, both nations remain steadfast in their resolve to chart a course towards a future defined by peace, progress, and prosperity for their peoples and the wider region.


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